Hey everyone, welcome to another installment of SAHD recipes. Today, we’ll make Cilantro and Pork soup. This is one of the few recipes passed down from my grandmother. She immigrated from China to Thailand when she was young so this is a Chinese recipe. I’ve never seen this soup anywhere else (even on Google) so it’s pretty unique. It is also very easy to make. Usually, this is served with other dishes family style. However, I’m too lazy to make more than one dish on the weekday so I just serve it with rice. Check it out!
*See the video at the end of the post if you need some visualization.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
- 8 oz ground pork
- 1 bunch cilantro
- 1 teaspoon corn starch
- 2 teaspoons soy sauce
- white pepper or black pepper if you don’t have any.
- Chicken stock – I made my own stock this time because I had some bones in the freezer. You can do that or use bouillon for convenience. (Better Than Bouillon is quite good.)
- 2 tablespoons fish sauce
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1/2 inch ginger
- optional – a few cloves of garlic.
- optional – more vegetables like carrots, bok choi, and other greens.
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- Wash the cilantro, then chop the stems off and set aside.
- Skip to cooking below and do the first 2 steps so the soup can simmer a bit.
- Rough chop the cilantro leaves.
- Mix cilantro, ground pork, corn starch, soy sauce, and pepper. Set aside.
- Add these to the soup pot – soup stock, cilantro stems, ginger, garlic, and carrots.
- Heat to boiling, then turn it down to simmer.
- Simmer until the carrots and garlic are soft.
- Grab the pork mixture then turn up the heat to medium/high.
- Spoon the pork mixture into a bitesize ball and drop it into the soup. One at a time. See the video at the end of this post. If RB40Jr can do it, you can too.
- After the pork balls are in the soup, turn it down to simmer. This is a good time to add the bok choi or other soup vegetables.
- The pork balls will float up to the top when they’re cooked.
- Turn off the heat
I serve this with rice. Mrs. RB40 and Junior just add the rice to the soup and eat it like rice soup. I like to put a pork ball on top of the rice and add a drop of fish sauce, then eat it. Either way is good. See the video below. It’s mostly pictures and a short clip of how to spoon the pork mixture into the soup.
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